Houston won big Wednesday night, topping Arizona 9-5 and taking a 2-1 series lead.
The Astros took an early lead in the second on a Carlos Beltran solo home run. The Diamondbacks answered with an RBI double by Brandon Drury in the third to tie it up, but Houston would take the lead in the bottom of the same inning and not look back.
Houston’s starter Charlie Morton went 6.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out nine. Arizona made noise in the late innings, putting up three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Astros held on to win handily.
Game 4 Starters – Patrick Corbin (LHP) vs Mike Fiers (RHP)
Corbin has been a wildcard for Arizona so far this season. He put up a 2.29 ERA in April and then turned around and put up a 9.00 ERA in May. He’s been slowly but steadily bringing down his ERA throughout the summer though sitting at 4.52 and comes into Thursday’s game after two consecutive strong starts against the Giants and the Cubs.
Fiers has been a weak spot in the Astros’ otherwise very strong rotation. He has a 4.36 ERA and 1.33 WHIP on the season along with an 8.72 WHIP. These are solid numbers in most other rotations, but Houston’s starters have been so good that these numbers look disappointing. He’s coming off a string of bad starts, allowing 16 ER in 16 innings over his last three games, although he’s yet to face Arizona this season.
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Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not
Paul Goldschmidt, unsurprisingly, has been crushing the ball in August. In 15 games he’s batting .339 and slugging .821 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. Chris Iannetta is also hitting well, posting a .919 OPS in his last 12 games, despite a .222 batting average.
Gregor Blanco can’t seem to do anything with the ball lately, gathering a mere two hits in his last 11 games, striking out 10 times in 23 at-bats.
For the Astros, infielder Alex Bregman is seeing the ball really well, batting .316 in his last 15 games, and even walking more often than striking out in that same span. At first base, Yuli Gurriel has been a source of offensive production, batting .356 with seven extra-base hits in 14 games.
Right fielder Josh Reddick has entered a fairly noticeable slump, sporting an OBP of .293 in August, nearly 50 points lower than his season rate. He’s only batting .192 in his last 6 games.
Prediction: Astros 7 – 5 Diamondbacks
With both teams running out back of the rotation starters, I figure a fair amount of runs end up crossing the plate Thursday night. Corbin has been good for Arizona lately, but the Astros’ offense is one of the best in the league. The Diamondbacks are fighting hard for playoff contention though, and while the Astros sit loftily atop the AL West, so this could be a close one.
Where to Watch
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on FSA and ATTSW, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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